B.F.A. New York University, 1999; M.F.A. Brown/Trinity, 2005; Certificate, Fitzmaurice Voicework™, 2008; At Webster since 2013.
Joanna Battles is a professional actor and director, as well as a voice, speech and dialect coach for theatre and film. Prior to her position at Webster, Joanna served as the Co-Head of the Undergraduate program of Theatre at Louisiana State University where she taught Voice, Speech & Acting classes in the MFA and Undergraduate Acting programs; and was the professional Vocal Coach on staff at Swine Palace Productions. In addition to her work at LSU, Joanna was a faculty member and/or presented workshops at New York University, Playwright's Horizons Theatre School, Brooklyn College, Brown/Trinity Consortium, and Stonesoup Theatre Company. Joanna is an Associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework™, and a trained practitioner of Chuck Jones Vocal Technique.
While at Swine Palace / LSU Mainstage, Joanna directed the new play, Elephant's Graveyard, by George Brant; collaborated with Adam Rapp on the regional premiere of The Metal Children; directed Carson Kreitzer's Self Defense, Or death of some salesmen; Laura Schellhardt's, Shapeshifter; and Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind. Favorite credits as a voice and dialect coach include: A&E Network's, Bonnie & Clyde: the miniseries; Lionsgate film's, The Haunting in Georgia; King Lear and Macbeth at Tulane Shakespeare Festival; Opus at Southern Rep; August: Osage County, A Doll's House, and A Free Man of Color, all at Swine Palace. As a stage actor, favorite credits include: On the Verge (Public Stage); The Long Christmas Ride Home (Trinity Repertory Company); Sylvia (American Heartland Theatre); Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V (Trinity Repertory Company); Departure (Irish Arts Center); Twelfth Night (Perishable Theatre); Two Gentleman of Verona (Trinity Summer Shakespeare) and Shapeshifter, Courting Vampires (McCormick Theatre at Brown University). Joanna is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association.